A maid-in-waiting hangs herself within the palace walls. However, while performing the autopsy, imperial medic Chun-ryung suspects murder and starts an investigation. With a taste for justice and full of wisdom, Chun-ryung bravely uncovers the deceptions. But she is soon confronted with a hidden past kept secret by those with far more power than she could ever imagine.
Through Shadows in the Palace, I wanted to bring to light the stories of the neglected and hidden peopleâ€™s lives in history. In the repressive palace, where women remain nothing but shadows in time, I hoped to show that court ladies, too, struggled with uncontrollable, natural desires and ambitions.
By showing how they had to cast aside and destroy themselves, I wanted people to experience the unrest, insecurity, and fundamental fear that people forced to live according to social prejudice must feel. Likewise, as we struggle to survive in the midst of millions of people but are eventually weeded out and forgotten, we too may be living in a modern day dark â€˜palaceâ€™ much like the court ladies.
Starring: Park Jin-hie, Seo Yeong-hie, Lim Jeong-eun, Jeon Hye-jin, Yun Se-ah, Kim Sung-ryeong, Kim Nam-jin
Director: Kim Mi-Jeong
Genre: Traditional, Horror, Thriller